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Fostering Public Understanding I. Public Understanding of Science (PUS) as a managerial strategy, site for struggle. a. Context: i. New politics of science, controversy, “public fear” ii. International competitiveness iii. Funding and public support b. Managerial imagination of PUS approach i. Problem: Public ignorance ii. Solution: efforts to educate the public iii. Debate: right diagnosis? Education about what? Education or propaganda? c. Hard to find anyone in society who would really say that public education is bad but doesn’t mean that we cant take a look at the areas of education of science and the way they are used and implemented. d. What kind of vision of the role of education underlies the public understanding strategy? i. Is it accurate? Reasonable? Achievable? ii. A solution? To what problems? iii. What vision of the public? e. Daniel Greenberg (2001) i. “No other sector of society can match the scientific enterprise in the perception of perils linked to poor understanding of its domain by the public.” ii.
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